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Live Reporting

Nicholas Bourne and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    We're concluding our live page coverage now on the day pupils returned to school across Wales.

    The aim is for pupils to "check in, catch up and prepare" over the next three to four weeks ahead of the September term.

    Earlier, First Minister Mark Drakeford also announced two households can join up from Monday in Wales' answer to the support "bubbles" elsewhere in the UK.

    He said it means grandparents "will be able to see and hold their grandchildren again".

    We'll be back with more live page coverage of coronavirus in Wales tomorrow.

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  2. Two households in Wales allowed to pair up from Monday

    Two homes in Wales will be able to form an “extended household” from next Monday, the Welsh Government has said.

    Only one such household can be formed, and cannot be changed once in place.

    It follows similar "support bubble" arrangements elsewhere in the UK.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford said grandparents "will be able to see and hold their grandchildren again".

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Two homes in Wales will be able to link up from Monday
  3. Pupils on 'getting back into a routine'

    3 case studies

    In Powys, Ysgol Caereinion Year 12 students have been sharing their thoughts on returning to school.

    David said he would have preferred school to restart in September “because there's more time for the virus to go”.

    “But I'm here because the school has made it safe - and clear that you don't have to be here if you don't want to - but they've supported whatever decision you make,” he said.

    "And with the safety precautions in place I feel safe to be here.”

    Classmate Sarah said: “It's a bit strange but I think it's about getting back into a routine that a lot of kids now need.

    “It's been very clear that if we're not comfortable coming back we didn't have to, but I think it's safe.”

    And Ross said it was a “lot different” abiding by the social-distancing rules.

    “I'm happy to be back – I spent a long time at home, doing nothing... so I'm happy to be back,” he said.

  4. More coronavirus cases linked to Merthyr factory

    Household contacts of people who have tested positive for coronavirus at food factory Kepak in Merthyr Tydfil over the weekend have been told to self-isolate, according to Public Health Wales (PHW).

    It said testing at the facility had identified 101 cases out of 810 people tested on Saturday, taking the total number at the site to 130 cases since April.

    "There are no plans to take any wider public health action, such as school or workplace closures, and no outbreak has been declared," said Dr Giri Shankar from PHW.

    Daily figures published on Monday showed there had been 116 new Covid-19 cases across Wales, with 97 in Merthyr Tydfil.

  5. How is the number of deaths changing each day?

    The daily number of deaths with coronavirus in Wales has been declining from its peak in mid-April.

    Graph showing deaths in Wales with coronavirus on the day they occurred
  6. Where in Wales people have died with Covid-19

    Three more deaths of people in Wales with coronavirus have been confirmed by Public Health Wales, taking its official total to 1,507.

    Betsi Cadwaladr in north Wales is the health board region with the highest number of deaths.

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  7. BreakingThree more deaths with coronavirus in Wales

    Three more people with coronavirus have died in Wales, taking the total to 1,507.

    Public Health Wales (PHW) figures also showed there were 116 new cases reported, meaning 15,717 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

    To date, 136,550 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Wales, with 120,833 testing negative.

    Virus graphic
  8. Tracers still trying to find 150 people linked to food factory

    Contact tracers are still trying to find 150 people linked to the Rowan Foods coronavirus outbreak in Wrexham.

    Of the 300 people identified as needing to be contacted in relation to the outbreak "half have been resolved over the weekend", Mr Drakeford says.

    This is a result of some people who work in meat processing plant being agency staff or "casual rather than permanent".

    An update on this outbreak - and a similar one on Anglesey - will be issued this afternoon.

    Latest figures show there have been 210 positive cases in Llangefni and 166 in Wrexham.

  9. Test results need to be quicker, says first minister

    The first minister says he wants to see more results for coronavirus tests back within 24 hours.

    Official figures show just over half of Covid-19 tests have been processed within 24 hours, down from a high of 68% at the end of April.

    Mark Drakeford said that labs were currently turning around about 1,700 tests in 24 hours.

    But he added steps were being put in place to make sure tests were being processed more quickly, and going off percentages was “somewhat misleading”.

    “As you increase the number of tests coming into the system, you can have falling percentages and rising numbers at the same time," he said.

    Mr Drakeford said the Welsh Government was looking at things such as increasing the number of times a day couriers collect tests, so that there wasn't a gap between tests being carried out and then arriving at labs.

  10. More detail to come on school plan for September

    Mr Drakeford says having children back at school before the summer break means "we will learn a lot over the next few weeks - practical things and a lot of things may need to fine-tuned".

    He adds that Education Minister Kirsty Williams will “have further things to say” before the end of the school term about what will happen in September.

  11. Moves to reopen bars 'getting nearer'

    First Minister Mark Drakeford has said work is ongoing to allow the hospitality industry to "safely reopen outdoors".

    Currently no date has been set for pubs, bars and restaurants to reopen in Wales.

    Mr Drakeford said the Welsh Government had been "continuing talks with the sector over the weekend".

    "We are getting near a definitive list of the measures needed to be put in place," he said, but said they would need to be put before Wales' chief medical officer for approval.

  12. 'Confident' changes won't lead to flare-up in cases

    The first minister says the "strategy hasn’t changed" and the Welsh Government will continue to make changes "step by step".

    Mr Drakeford says the government is confident it will be able to "make a connection between cause and effect if there were to be any flare ups as a result of changes made".

    Changes are made on the advice of scientists, he added, and these new steps are "proportionate and shouldn’t lead to a further acceleration in the spread of coronavirus".

  13. 'Think carefully about who has the most need'

    First Minister Mark Drakeford said people had "to think carefully" about setting up extended households in Wales.

    At the Welsh Government's daily press briefing, Mr Drakeford said some households may need more help than others as they may have greater needs.

    "Think about the risks – people who are shielding are included, but this will increase their risk of being exposed to coronavirus," he said.

    "Think about the consequences – if anyone in the extended household becomes ill, everyone will have to isolate for 14 days.

    "For some people this will have a greater impact than for others, and needs to be thought about carefully."

    "Think carefully about who you are joining with – once the extended household is formed it can’t be changed and you won’t be able to substitute members".

  14. Families face 'difficult choices' over extended households

    Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford says families face "difficult choices" as people can only belong to one extended household.

    "Grandparents will be able to see and hold their grandchildren again," he added.

    "It will help support many working parents with informal childcare over the summer months and it will also support those who are caring for others.

    "Because you will only be able to belong to one extended household, this will mean making choices – and in some cases, especially in larger families – this may mean making some difficult choices."

  15. 'No chopping and changing' in extended households

    First Minister Mark Drakeford has said people will not be able to "chop and change" once they have chosen who to join into an extended household with.

    Outlining the rules, allowing families to join one other household from 6 July, Mr Drakeford said people would only be able to join one household.

    "You will only be able to join one extended household," he said, "there can't be any transfers or chopping or changing".

    Mr Drakeford said that if anyone in the extended household developed coronaviurs symptoms, everyone would have to self-isolate.

    "For this reason, it will be important for the extended household to keep records to help with contact tracing in case someone in the extended households tests positive for coronavirus," he said.

    "We will provide a simple form on our website for anyone to use".

  16. BreakingTwo households can join together in Wales from Monday

    Family at a front door

    Two households in Wales will be able to form one "extended household" and meet indoors from next Monday, the Welsh Government has announced.

    Only one extended household can be formed, and cannot be changed once arranged.

    Travel restrictions are due to be lifted the same day.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford said he knows people are missing seeing their families.

    It follows similar "support bubble" arrangements elsewhere in the UK.

  17. 'I thought I would accidentally break the rules'

    Caleb Spencer

    BBC Wales News Online

    Children in class

    The underlying theme of class at Marlborough Primary School in Cardiff has been recollection and wellbeing.

    With school friends unable to see each other for so long, Year 4 pupils discussed their favourite memories from the academic year before lockdown was announced.

    Asked how they felt before coming back today, pupils expressed mixed feelings.

    “I was excited but nervous because I thought I would accidentally break the rules,” said Charlotte.

    Flynn had a mask in his pocket when he turned up to school because he felt so nervous, but his fears eased as he was reunited with friends and teachers and saw the safety measures for himself.

    In reception, children played with toys and spoke about what they had done during lockdown by referring to a collage of images they had created.

    Teachers avoided the use of tablet computers for hygiene reasons and because they have likely spent so much time using technology in lockdown.

    Children in class

    All children have been given their own plastic envelope to keep their pens, pencils and other learning materials which other pupils are not allowed to touch.

    All surfaces and toys are cleaned after they are used or, alternatively, are put away in storage for a week until they can be used again.

    Teacher Sally Hodges spoke of her joy at seeing children back in her reception classroom.

    “It’s just been lovely to see them. They have been so excited to be here," she said.

    “Social distancing has been hard. The issues come when they are trying to play with each other.”

    Ms Hodges said there was a balance to be struck, and that reiterating the importance of social distancing can be done in a way that does not frighten children.

  18. First minister to give coronavirus update

    First Minister Mark Drakeford is due to lead the Welsh Government's daily coronavirus briefing from 12:30 BST.

    We'll update you on the key points here - you can also watch the briefing live on BBC One Wales, on the BBC iPlayer, and via the Coronavirus Daily Update link above.

    Mark Drakeford
  19. Trees planted to aid social-distancing vandalised

    Trees placed on a Cardiff road to aid social distancing for pedestrians have been snapped in two by vandals.

    Wellfield Road in Roath has had traffic measures put in place to widen pavement areas, including placing trees in planter pots in former parking spaces.

    One person claimed they had seen two men snap the trees before midnight, on Sunday.

    Cardiff council's leader called it a "depressing start to the week".

    Wellfield Road trees
    Image caption: Cardiff council leader Huw Thomas said the vandalism was "distressing and depressing"
  20. 'Check in, catch up' videos for parents and pupils

    Carmarthenshire council has published videos showing parents and pupils what to expect as they return to school.

    The authority said the time would be used for children to "check in, catch up and prepare" ahead of the summer holidays and the start of the new term in September.

    Children
    Image caption: Some children returned to Laugharne VCP school on Monday